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The Forum, Rome

Gabriele Carelli (1820/21-1900)


Signed and inscribed 'Roma'


14 x 21 ¼ inches

'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2020, No 44

From a position just to the north of the first-century Arch of Titus (which appears on the left), Gabriele Carelli has composed an evocative panorama of the Roman Forum that includes the following historic structures:

Santa Maria Liberatrice, which was built in the early seventeenth century to a design by Onorio Longhi, but demolished around 1900 in order to excavate the fifth-century church, Santa Maria Antiqua;

Temple of Castor and Pollux (495 BC);

Temple of Saturn (497 BC) and the Temple of Vespasian and Titus (79 AD), behind which stands the mediaeval Palazzo Senatorio surmounting the Tabularium (78 BC), the archive of ancient Rome;

Arch of Septimus Severus (203 AD);

Santi Luca e Martina, completed to designs by Pietro da Cortona in 1664;

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, which was built in 141 AD and converted into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, possibly as early as the seventh century, then remodelled in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries;

Temple of Romulus, in front of the preceding building, was built in the early fourth century and converted into the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano in 527;

Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine (308-312 AD).

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